The 25 Best Travel Journals Every Traveler Wants!

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Whether you’re traveling for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveler, a travel journal is a must-item. It’s the best way to remember fun little details of your trip and the names of all the amazing people you will meet on the way. Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t take a journal. This is also why travel journals are always good travel gifts. It’s small, it’s practical and it’s personal.

On this list, you will find journals for all types of travelers. From travel journals with pockets to travel bullet journals and the best travel journals for certain destinations, you will find them all on today’s list!

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#1 Personalized leather travel journal

Personalized leather travel journal with a map
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Let’s start this list with a beautiful personalized travel journal. It’s a leather journal that’s available in two different colors and you have the option to personalize the wording above and below the world map.

The inside of the journal is just simple plain lines. There are no checklists, prompts, or other structured pages. Making this one of the best journals for people who prefer to have freedom. The unstructured pages allow them to be as creative as they please.

#2 Personalized travel journals with messages and map

Personalized travel notebook with map
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Do you already know where the recipient is going to travel to? In that case, you can also opt for this personalized notebook by Not On The High Street.

It allows you to change the name on the cover, so it will say “The Travel Adventures Of (whoever it’s for). But on top of that, you can also add a map of the place they are going to, adding another personal touch.

#3 My travel journal

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No, this is not the travel journal I personally use myself, it is simply the name of the journal.

My travel journal is a travel bullet journal that includes checklists, recommendations, and highlights, but with plenty of blank pages for travelers to add their personal notes and checklists. It’s a hardcover, making it perfect for resisting damage on long trips!

#4 USA travel journal

Travel journal for the United states
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Are you looking for travel journal ideas for someone who is going to the US? Or are you going to the US yourself?

Then this cool travel bullet journal of 50 states traveled in the USA is perfect for you!

Each state has two pages in this journal with specific prompts, so you will remember all the fun little details that happened while you were traveling there.

#5 Personalized wooden travel journal

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Did I already say that there are quite a few ways in which you can personalize a travel notebook?

Well, here is another cute way, a wooden engraved notebook!

The travel notebook is in A5 format and cut from oak veneer. The cover can be engraved with any name on it.

#6 Stitch travel journals

A jouranl that is stitched
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This stitch travel notebook by Not On The High Street is one of the most unique and cool travel journals on this list!

It comes with a small needle and thread, allowing the traveler to stitch out the countries he or she has already visited. Making it a super cool handmade notebook!

There is also a European version for people who are traveling to Europe.

#7 Memory scrapbook with pockets

A travel journal
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This is one of the best travel journals for people who like to save tickets, notes, and all sorts of memories from their trips. This travel adventures scrapbook is a travel journal with pockets and envelopes in which you can save things such as your plane tickets, park entrees, your itinerary, and more.

It’s not just a notebook for random thoughts, but rather a travel journal that can serve as a trip album too!

#8 Ring binder journal

Binder ring journal
Binder ring journal

This leather binder is not only a beautiful travel journal, but it’s also super practical in multiple ways. First, because it’s a ring binder, you can reuse it for different trips. Just take out the paper, and blank paper and you’ve got a brand new journal.

Second, it comes with zipper pouches for things such as tickets, local currencies, and basically everything you would like to remember from your trip.

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#9 Moleskin travel journals

Moleskin travel journals
Moleskin Traveller’s Journal

This Traveller’s journal by Moleskin is a beautiful and super organized travel journal with pockets for travelers to save their important documents or fun items such as tickets.

Besides a travel journal section, it also includes pre-trips lists and other use checklists. And let’s not forget the cute stickers that come with the journal too.

#10 Personalized travel journals with map

Travel journal with map
Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

What’s a better travel notebook than one which is personalized?

If you didn’t like the design of the other personalized travel journals. No worries, there are different ways in which you can personalize a travel notebook.

This one by Not On The High Street gives you the possibility of adding a personalized map to the cover!

So are you getting a gift for someone who is traveling to Australia? You can get a personalized travel journal with a map of Australia (or check out my other gift ideas for Aussie fans).

Plus you can add personalized pages and messages inside the journal too, giving it an even more personal touch. And the person receiving this gift will always have a cute personal message from you on the road!

#11 Sustainable travel journal

Travel journal with map
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This is is the best journal for sustainable travelers. A journal that’s made from recycled paper and has a biodegradable cover. On the inside, it contains a world map which you can color in, and blank pages. So it’s great for people who prefer to have freedom when it comes to their creativity.

#12 Travel journals with quotes

A travel notebook with quote
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Travel quotes can work super inspiring for people who are about to write about their trip. So in case you want to get them even more excited about traveling. Why not check out this travel notebook with the quote: “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”.

It’s a classic travel quote and perfect for people who love inspirational quotes!

#13 Refillable personalized travel journals

A leather notebook with initials
Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

Personalized travel journals are always great gifts because they are useful and personal. This leather one allows you to add the person’s initials to the leather cover. But what makes this one of the best travel journals is the fact that it’s a refillable one.

Meaning that they can use this notebook over and over again. They can bundle the notes after each separate trip and they never have to buy a new travel notebook again.

#14 Personalized ski pass travel journals

A travel notebook with ski pass design
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Are you looking for the best travel journals for someone who is going skiing or snowboarding? No worries, there are even cool travel journals for that, such as this ski pass journal.

The journal will include the person’s name, destination, and travel dates on the cover in ski pass style!

Inside the travel notebook, you will find regular lined pages, so the traveler can write whatever they want to remember from the trip.

#15 More moleskin travel journals: The Voyageur Notebook

Red moleskin travel journal
Voyageur moleskin journal

This cute moleskin travel notebook includes plenty of space for travelers to write down whatever they feel like writing. But it also includes sections to help the traveler get started, such as a planning section, packing list, and structured budget pages. To make sure they don’t forget anything important before, during, and after the trip! So it’s a mix of a bullet travel journal and a regular one!

#16 Land cruising travel notebook

A notebook with a landcruiser
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If you are looking for travel journal ideas for people who love road trips, this land cruiser journal is perfect for you!

Though the notebook doesn’t include any specific page for road trips or land cruisers, it’s mostly the cover that makes it great for them! The notebook itself just includes lines, so travelers can decide for themselves what they would like to keep track of and whatnot.

#17 Typography world map travel journal

A book with a map
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This is a cute typography world map journal that works for any type of traveler. Men or women, with destinations in African, European, Asian, American, or Oceanian countries. It’s just a cool cover of the map of the world in typography.

The pages in the travel notebook can either be ruled, graph, or blank, but it’s not a travel bullet journal. So it doesn’t include things such as checklists, budget breakdowns, or emergency contacts. It’s all up to the traveler what they would like to write in this travel notebook.

#18 Let’s go travel journal

A book titled let's go
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This is another one of the best travel journals for travelers who prefer a simple notebook over bullet travel journals. You can pick ruled, graph, or blank pages as well, but other than that there is nothing to be personalized here.

The cover with “Let’s Go” is pretty cool by itself already!

#19 Vegan cork travel journals

Vegan cork travel journal ideas
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If you are looking for unique travel journals for sustainable travelers, I think these cork ones might suit your wishes!

The design is pretty unique, you can personalize it, plus it’s eco-friendly.

The pages and the cover are made from recycled material which is pretty cool. The pages inside the travel book are just plain ruled pages. So it’s not a special travel bullet journal. But I am sure that many travelers don’t need any help with writing about everything they experience when traveling!

Also, check out these 25 sustainable travel gifts for more inspiration.

#20 The mindful travel journal

A mindful travel journal
Mindful travel journal

Are you looking for the best travel journals for mindful travelers? Or for someone who is into meditation and mindfulness?

Then this mindful journal on Amazon is the perfect gift!

This is not a travel notebook like any other. It doesn’t just provide the person with lines to write their stories or a checklist for their trip. No, it includes simple mindfulness techniques to help travelers enjoy the places they visit even better. And of course, to develop a peaceful mind!

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#21 Stub travel journal with pockets

Travel journal with pockets
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This travel notebook with pockets by Uncommon Goods is perfect for travelers who love to collect photos, tickets, and other fragments that will help them to remember their journey!

Besides the pockets where they can put the items in, it also comes with black pages for them to write down about their journal beside the tickets!

#22 Indestructible travel notebook

Indestructible notebook
Indestructible notebook

This indestructible notebook is the best notebook for people who tend to break everything. Or people who will probably spill coffee, tea, or just water on their travel notebook and ruin their notes on their entire trip. Which would be a shame!

Luckily for those people, there is the indestructible notebook which included waterproof pages, on which you won’t even see smudges, or which won’t break by anything. Not even at the bottom of a heavy backpack!

#23 Travel checklist journal

Travel checklist journal
Checklist journal

The travel checklist journal is one of the best travel journals for people who not only want to keep notes about their trip but who also need extra checklists. It includes many essential travel checklists, such as packing lists, things to do, don’t forget, budget lists, and much more!

Of course, there is also space for personal notes, but the journal is really meant as a tool for checklists during your trip, rather than a memory for after your trip. One is not better than the other, but it is an essential difference and it depends on what the traveler prefers.

#24 “I was here” travel journal with pockets

Travel journal
Travel journal

The “I was here” journal is perfect for both men and women. It includes pockets to save photos, tickets, maps, and postcards for when they get back home. Of course, there is also a travel diary section, where they can keep track of their thoughts and experiences during the trip.

There is also a packing list section and emergency contact page, but other than that, it doesn’t include as many premade checklists as the previous travel bullet journal.

#25 Handmade stitched leather travel journals

A set of three travel notebooks
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

These cute handmade stitched journals are super small, cute, and easy travel journals. They are available in five different sizes, so you can pick one that matched the traveler’s luggage. The pages are made from recycled cotton which is why it is not recommended to write with a fountain pen. I thought that was a useful fact before giving this travel journal to someone!

Save these travel journals for later

Don’t forget to save these ideas for your next trip!

25 awesome travel journals

Final note on these travel notebooks

Alright, these were the 25 best travel journals! I hope you found the perfect journal to give (or for yourself of course!). Do you need more inspiration? Check out the editor’s top 3.

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